Daughter on edge during COVID outbreak at mother’s long-term care facility – CBC

Known COVID outbreaks in Ottawa have more than quadrupled in July

Jul 21, 2022

Judy Beattie can’t stop thinking about last month. She visited her 87-year old mom, who has Alzheimer’s and dementia, at a long-term care home in Ottawa and found her covered in dried feces.

“Nobody was present,” she recalled to CBC. “Obviously, mom is not being checked for many, many hours based on the dried feces. I said this is unacceptable, absolutely unacceptable.”

Beattie said she filed a complaint to Carleton Lodge, a city-owned facility. But now she fears it could happen again with that care home in another COVID-19 outbreak since June 22.

Twenty residents and nine staff at Carleton Lodge have tested positive. One resident with COVID has died in this outbreak, according to Ottawa Public Health.

Beattie worries the outbreak could trigger further staffing shortages that might impact her mom’s care.

“I was just appalled at the lack of care and the lack of staffing,” she said. “There isn’t enough staff and it’s our residents that are at risk.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-covid-outbreaks-rise-long-term-care-1.6526609

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